Petition on Disclosure of Funding Sources

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Under the leadership of Dean John Graham, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) has made conscious efforts to attract and accept funds and gifts from persons and organizations that act in manners that we believe are contrary to the school’s mission.

Examples of groups that SPEA solicited or received grants, gifts, donations, and other forms of funding from include: The Charles Koch Foundation, G. Koch Foundation, The American Enterprise Institute, Altria, and The Searle Foundation.

We wish to make SPEA faculty, students, and alumni aware that we believe both the continuance of such practices and the general lack of transparency relating to funding contradict the core ethos of SPEA’s underlying mission “to lead for the greater good.” This mission has been taken to heart by generations of public servants educated at SPEA. And today, it inspires us to make this call for action.

We believe that the university as an institution cannot be co-opted as a recruiting ground and incubator for organizations that act contrary to our values. While we welcome all academic and political perspectives, what we require is honesty and transparency.

Therefore, we the students and alumni of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs make the following demands:

(1) SPEA will disclose all solicitations and fundings including, but not limited to, those received from persons, organizations, and businesses that:

  • deny anthropogenic global climate-change
  • support or enable discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity
  • fund research and political action that undermines efforts by students, academics, and the public to address global climate-change and white supremacy
  • seek to dismantle and/or prevent the efforts of academic institutions and public agencies like the EPA, NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study and address global climate-change

(2) Make public on SPEA’s website all relevant information pertaining to grants, donations, and gifts received by SPEA for at least the past decade

  • This information should include (but not be limited to) donor name, sum, recipient, conditions of funding, completed projects, and final policy recommendations
  • This information should be found on SPEA’s website as its own sub-tab under the “Faculty and Research” tab, or another place easily accessible from the SPEA front page

(3) Dean Graham and SPEA no longer invite persons who are affiliated with such organizations to serve on the Dean’s Council

(4) Dean Graham provide an official response on or before February 23, 2018, to all students denoting a public statement outlining if and how he plans to address the aforementioned demands

(5) The Faculty Council draft and adopt a resolution endorsing points 1, 2, and 3 of this petition


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